I figure since I’m kind of getting a fresh start, I might as well do a little catch-up before I head back to school Friday. Yes, Friday. I will have a student teacher for two classes, and we’ve exchanged several emails. She seems conscientious and enthusiastic, and I’m looking forward to working with her. She’s teaching two classes for a good friend of mine, and I’ll be arrogant enough to say I think she’ll have a good experience. My friend and I are both good teachers, but we have some pretty different approaches, and I think it’s good for a new teacher to get more than one point of view.
The last two weeks at home have been spent nursing my daughter through an incredibly wicked bout of mono. Every weird, rare symptom of mono out there, she had—vomiting, nosebleeds, hives—in addition to the garden-variety fever, sore throat, headache, and constant exhaustion. If you count the beginning, when we just thought it was a cold, she’s been sick three weeks. I think she’s a little tired of people telling her it’s a good thing she got it in the summer so she didn’t miss school. She is glad that she doesn’t have to play catch-up, but this has shot the end of her summer. She goes back August 23, and I suspect she’ll be convalescing until then.
In theory, our son has been home from college all summer; in practice, we’ve been home base for his work, travels, and social life, which is exactly how it’s supposed to be. He broke up with his two-year girlfriend, which was rough, but he’s handled it like a true grownup (more maturely than many grownups, actually), and today he goes back up to Boulder. It’s early, but he’s an RA for his dorm, and there’s still training to go through, plus he has to be settled in himself because he has to oversee the mass move-in on his floor when everyone else returns.
The puppies are coming along. My only complaint is that they are both wide-awake and dying to play at 5:30 every stinkin’ morning. I was hoping to sleep in at least once this summer, but no dice.
My agent has yes to the book concept I sent her and no to the sample chapters. She said the writing’s “adequate” but not where it needs to be and has suggested I start in a different place and rewrite in first person. I’m playing. I like the shift to first person, and using suggestions from my critique group, I am writing several starts from different places. I still like where I started before, and I think my agent may, too, since the first person perspective makes the conflict clearer. I’ll probably send her a few choices unless I end up really feeling married to one.
Hope everyone else has enjoyed the summer. It’s been a hot one! We’ll see what this coming winter brings…